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Because of the warm weather there will be wider variation in when and how growers are applying Hydrogen Cyanamide (HC). I think this is a good opportunity to compare results and see if there are any conclusions we can make. Some growers have already applied HC with zero chill hours while others are waiting.
For those of you who have already made your HC application, please click on the link below and fill out the survey. For those who have yet to spray please fill out the survey once you have made your HC application and determined it’s effectiveness. The survey is variety specific so fill it out for your primary variety. You can complete more than one survey if you want to submit more than one variety.
At the end of the season a follow up survey will be sent to those who participated in the first survey to collect information and compare the HC application results to crop production. Once these surveys are completed the association will host a round table discussion about HC and crop production for everyone participating in the surveys. At that meeting we may all gain a better understanding how this chemical works and it’s effect on production.
For those of you with weather stations please use that data. The FAWN weather sites have been giving out erroneous data this year regarding chill hours. If you are not sure about an answer please make your best guess.
Blueberry growers may be interested in a recent TV segment from the Florida Channel that focused on the history of the UF Blueberry Breeding Program, as well as those of a couple other major commodities produced in the state:
Click the links below to download presentation from the September FBGA Growers Meeting
An Overview of the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (PowerPoint)
Conducting Your Own Research: Why it Matters (PowerPoint)
Breeding SHB Cultivars at UF-IFAS (PowerPoint)